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Aderonke’s family was killed and she was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death in Nigeria – because she’s a lesbian. She fled to safety in the UK.
Now, they’re trying to send her back into danger. Aderonke, like dozens of other LGBT asylum-seekers, is stuck in a process that the UK government has already admitted to humiliating and abusing them. It doesn’t work or protect anyone.
But, if thousands of us speak out right now, we could get the Home Office to take the next step and halt the deportations. Will you sign the petition to Home Office Secretary Theresa May now?
Please sign the petition to stop her deportation! 70,792 people have already signed this petition. We’re almost at the goal of 75,000 signatures.
(ETA: Seems you can only sign from the UK; definitely share if you have followers there!)
I’m pretty sure I have UK followers…
Critics’ Reactions to the Jaime/Cersei Rape Scene in Episode 4.3 of Game of Thrones
"I wonder, then, if the rape was on some level a misguided attempt to give Cersei even more pathos, a la the convenient backstory rapes that have become depressingly common on prestige TV (and Scandal)…I wonder if TV Thrones‘s writers just have a tendency to change problematic book sex scenes into clear scenes of unconsensual sex.” - Hillary Busis, Entertainment Weekly
“Game of Thrones has a rape problem.” - Kevin Spak, Newser
"In the original depiction, Jaime never says “Why have the Gods made me love a hateful woman?” — a line that the TV show added in, which in context makes Jaime look like an abusive rapist (the gods made me do it!)”- Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly
Jaime forced himself upon Cersei despite her demands to stop. “It’s not right,” she cried, to which Jaime snarled, “I don’t care.”…we can never unsee that godawful scene. - Leanne Aguilera, E! Online
"If this scene really just is a miscalculation in direction (and potentially the writing of Benioff and Weiss, neither of whom have yet commented on it) and doesn’t get any payoff later in the season, then it truly deserves all the criticism it has been receiving.” - Terri Schwartz, Zap2It
The director who shot the scene and the man who acted in it both believe it wasn’t necessarily nonconsensual sex— an attitude that isn’t totally surprising in a society that’s deeply confused about what constitutes consent, and that doesn’t always recognize sexual violence for what it is. -Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress
So then Jaime … well … no other way to put this, really. He rapes his sister beside their corpse of their murdered son. This is the same guy who protected Brienne from a similar fate last year. - James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly
"…the show’s overall treatment of women as disposable objects onto whom physical and emotional violence are relentlessly enacted. Sexual violence is so pervasive on the show that nearly every woman on the show has been raped or threatened with rape. The show, and the books, reveal the disturbing and cavalier facility with which rape becomes a narrative device.Rape is used to punish. Rape is used to make a woman more sympathetic or to explicate their anger or other unlikable qualities. Rape is used to put women in their place.” -Roxane Gay, Salon
"The entire scene in the sept was an exercise in Cersei’s belittlement. She watched her father degrade and dishonor (albeit truthfully) her firstborn’s legacy and then manipulate her youngest into serving as his marionette. Then, on the floor next to the body of her dead son, the only man she’s ever taken into her confidence abused that trust in the most vile way imaginable.” - Hillary Kelly, The New Republic
"A giggling dead body would have at least taken our attention away from, you know, the raping." - Johnny Brayson, wetpaint
"Whether the show meant it to come across that way or not, what we saw was a rape.” - Erik Kain, Forbes
"The scene, which has Cersei pleading “stop it” repeatedly and struggling against Jaime, appears far from consensual." - Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times
In the show there’s no other way to interpret it as unambiguous rape. Jaimie isn’t loving when he tries to have sex with her in the show, he’s shown as being angry and hateful, cursing her for being a wicked woman. There’s no point in the scene on the show that we can see Cersei consent, which makes the whole scene significantly different from the book. Some readers have pointed out that the rape in the show is damaging for Cersei’s character arc since she had to endure the marriage to Robert Baratheon in which he essentially engaged in marital rape, Her consensual sex was always with Jaimie who made her feel safe. Jaimie raping her in the show completely destroys their relationship and destroys the trust she has in Jaimie leaving her without anyone. - AJ, the Digital Times
The rewritten scene also takes away all of Cersei’s agency. In the original text, Cersei chooses to have sex with Jaime, grotesque as it and the setting may be — because she wants to, or because she uses sex to manipulate, it doesn’t matter. Cersei has power and control. The scene in the show deprives her of all of that. - Amelia McDonell-Parry, The Frisky
His response is not to stop loving her, not to stop believing that he is victim to the gods. Instead, Jaime rapes his sister, passing that sense of unendurable pain on to her. He must know that this is the worst possible way that he could hurt her. Jaime knew that Robert raped Cersei, and in the novels, he wanted to kill Robert for it. Not only does raping Cersei remind his sister of her repeated, humiliating violation, Jaime is poisoning their own relationship, the thing that had been Cersei’s antidote to the miseries of her marriage. It is an exceptionally cruel thing for Jaime to do. - Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post.
It’s hard to shake the idea that Game Of Thrones, the show, doesn’t see a problem with pushing a scene from complicated, consensual sex to outright rape. It would be easier to accept that idea if it were clear what the show was trying to do with those changes. - Sonia Saraiya, AV Club
If Graves intended to depict consensual sex in the end, he completely failed. This wasn’t even one of those terribly clichéd scenes where a man starts raping a woman only to find that she comes around to thinking it’s hot. Cersei is still kicking and protesting when the camera cuts away. It’s as straightforward a rape scene as you’ll get on TV, unless you buy the ridiculous myth that a woman can’t be raped if she’s consented to sex with a man before. - Amanda Marcotte, Slate
This isn’t the first rape scene in Game of Thrones—far from it. And there’s been controversy over the show’s use of rape before. But what makes this scene the most upsetting one yet is that the director didn’t realize he was filming a rape scene…Whether or not the creators intended this to be a rape scene is irrelevant; they made one anyway. And worse, they made one that encourages the most dangerous thinking about rape imaginable. - Laura Hudson, Wired
"How will victims of sexual assault be affected when a director and actor in one of television’s most popular shows questions whether no really means no?" - Eliana Dockterman, Time Magazine
I’ll go ahead and say it: Jaime Lannister has become a rape cliché. He’s the boss, like every other on-screen rapist we’ve ever seen. - Hayley Krischer, Salon
"I’m not opposed to shows depicting sexual violence, but rape-as-prop is always distressing…Rape and abuse have consequences for the victims who carry those traumas with them. While I don’t know exactly how the show will depict the aftermath of Jamie raping Cersei, GoT does not have a strong track record of acknowledging or exploring the lingering effects of surviving sexual assault." - Margarey Lyons, Vulture/New York Magazine
"I can’t think of any comparable defense for the rape scene in "Breaker of Chains," which feels like a naked and ill-conceived attempt to push Game of Thrones into even darker territory. …I’m concerned that Game of Thrones has made a mistake it can’t take back — and one that sets a troubling precedent for the show’s future.” - Scott Meslow, The Week
The Game of Thrones Rape Scene Was Unnecessary and Despicable….The fact that showrunners might be asking us to overlook this for the sake of character development is downright insulting and says a lot about how we treat victims, especially the ones who come off as unlikable. - Madeleine Davies, Jezebel.com
Is “Game of Thrones” Obsessed With Sexual Assault?…Frankly, there are some weeks when “Game of Thrones” doesn’t seem worth the effort. - Sam Adams, IndieWire
All I really need in life is a post-apocalyptic lesbian rom-com with two gals fighting mutant armadillos, beheading all of their enemies, learning the true meaning of friendship, and the joys of opening your heart to another (in a non cannibalistic way.) The third act break-up involves some death-battle antics gone afoul and some fear of commitment, but it all works out in the end.
(OKAY I’m done with this.. for now haha. Lots o’ fun. )
I made myself a Pokemon trainer oc for Poketwitter rp. :) Her name is Akemi and she makes hats based on Pokemon. And maybe hats for Pokemon, who knows!
It’s a beautiful day outside and there’s no better place in Gehenna to be than at the city park. It’s huge, right smack-dab in the middle of the city, and full of tall trees and gorgeous flowers. People are often out here with their dogs, but the real draw are the twin entertainers.
Ever since a few years ago, when they started performing, Valerie’s made it a point to try to see them. It’s a little hard because they never announce their performances, but word spreads quickly once they’re out. Wahid and Bala-Prabha Tripathi may only be 16, but they’re excellent at what they do.
Until today, however, she’s never been out here to see them with somebody other than her mother and brother. Instead, Dani’s with her now. The both of them are sitting on a nearby bench, watching as the Tripathi twins juggle a set of particularly sharp-looking knives.
“So,” Dani says, leaning forward slightly. “What do you think?”
Valerie furrows her brow at them, then turns back to watch the twins. As usual, their faces are covered by elaborately painted masks. She wonders who paints it for them. Maybe they do it themselves? “Human?”
Dani chuckles and shakes their head. “Try again.”
“Really?” Valerie’s lost. She’s been watching these two for years, how could they be anything but human? “They’re always out in front of a lot of people, I don’t see how…”
“You’re not looking at it right,” Dani says, patting her on the shoulder. “Remember, people see what they want to see. They explain the unexplained rationally, because they don’t think to look at it another way.”
That makes sense. Until she’d joined the Reghoulators, Valerie herself had no idea anything like the tales from storybooks and legends lived in the world. She tries to study the twins to pick out something that marks them as different, but it’s hard. They really do look like regular entertainers. Who happen to be juggling very dangerous knives.
“I’m not sure.”
Dani makes a small noise in their throat and leans back again. “Just wait, I’m sure you’ll figure it out.”
A few minutes pass and the juggling is stopped and the Tripathis go through one of their regular slapstick routines. It ends with Bala smacking Wahid in the head with a club and his head pops off to land in his arms. The crowd cracks up as Bala snatches it up and holds it above his body.
“Well?” Dani prompts, as Wahid knocks Bala’s head off. The two of them start passing their heads back and forth, the colors on their bright masks flashing in the sunlight.
“They’re just props, right?” Valerie asks. “I mean, they’ve got their real heads pulled down into their collars and…” Her voice trails off when Dani shakes their head. “Oh.”
“Dullahans,” Dani says finally, giving her a small smile. “You’ve heard of them, yes?”
“I thought those were horsemen?” Valeria looks from them to the Tripathis and back. They can’t really have knocked their real heads off… right? Not with the crowd watching and laughing, thinking it’s all part of the entertainment?
“Not necessarily,” Dani replies with a shrug. “Just headless people. They hold their heads on their necks with scarves or ribbons, typically, and they hide it with high collars, long hair, anything else that covers the neck.”
Valerie lets out a low whistle. “So all this time, they’ve been…”
“Would you like to meet them?” Dani asks brightly, getting to their feet. “Personally, I mean. I’m friends with the two of them.”
Valerie jumps to her feet eagerly. “Of course!” she chirps, and the two of them make their way closer to the watching crowd, waiting for the show to end.
fiiinally wrote another Reghoulators fic!
Nidhi Sunil & Radhika Nair - Grazia India
photographer Taras Taraporvala
styled by Ekta Rajani
Hair and makeup by Mira Parma
PLAGUE DOCTOR, yet another one of my numerous fanapaces from my ever-growing army of… fanapaces. I can’t stop making them, this is a problem.
Anyway, they’re a bit delusional and PD’s convinced everybody is sick with something, so they keep themself covered p much at all times to prevent themself from catching THE PLAGUE. They insist on giving people nonsensical medical advice/items for things that aren’t actually there. What a goof.
Their right eye’s dead and they really do not appreciate the illusion of a smile those scars give them.
"Bloom": VLISCO’s Spring 2014 Lookbook.
In their latest Spring 2014 lookbook, Vlisco, the Dutch Wax clothing and textile brand with a strong presence in West and Central Africa, reinterprets florals with their appropriately titled ‘Bloom’ collection.